9 Amazing Benfits Of Geranium
The most interesting health benefits of geranium include its ability to lower stress levels, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, ease digestion, and improve kidney, skin, and hair health. It has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, which help heal wounds faster.
What is Geranium?
The name geranium is quite general and it refers to over 200 species of plants under the family of Geraniaceae. This evergreen perennial is native to the southern region of Africa but has been exported throughout the world as a popular garden plant and medicinal herb.
Geranium plants have flowers with five petals and the leaves are usually pinnate on long stems. The leaves are the main medicinal elements in traditional medicine and are primarily used to brew a pleasant-tasting tea that bears a slight hint of rose. The essential oil of the flowers is also highly sought after for its health benefits and for its floral, rose-like aroma which has a calming, meditative effect on the body and mind.
Geraniums were first brought to Europe in the 17th century and with time, their fame has spread throughout the world. Unlike many other herbal remedies, there is not a major culinary application for geranium, and they are almost exclusively used for either decoration or their medicinal benefits.
Geranium Health Benefits
Let’s take a closer look at some of the important health benefits of geranium.
The impact of geranium on the nervous system is well-known and the plant has been used in this way for generations. If you brew the leaves of its plant, you can produce a tasty tea that has soothing properties, derived from its organic compounds that positively impact the endocrine system and help balance hormones that cause stress and anxiety. A quick cup of tea, when you’re stressed, can quickly relieve an unpleasant mood and a cluttered mind. Moreover, even the aroma of geranium can have an anxiolytic effect on women during childbirth, suggests a 2015 study.
Researchers in a 2013 study revealed the anti-inflammatory properties of geranium. If you suffer from sore joints, aching muscles, or even internal inflammation of the gut or cardiovascular system, geranium tea or topical use of rose geranium essential oil along with a carrier oil, can provide relief from the discomfort while reducing the strain on your body’s sensitive areas.
Another study also concluded that the oil can prove effective for temporary pain relief from postherpetic neuralgia pain.
Geranium is known to have immunity-boosting qualities. According to a study published in the Pharmaceuticals journal, geranium has been a staple in South African medicinal culture for the treatment of respiratory issues. Its effectiveness suggests that antimicrobial and antiviral properties as well as the potential to develop its extracts into a medicine.
Please check with your doctor or professional before trying.